Forestry

When we speak of the Clayoquot Sound, we speak both of land and sea. 

One cannot harbor life without the other.

The Cedar, Sitka, Spruce, and Fir—the rainforest's trees nourished by the sea, stand hundreds of years old. 

These trees are integral to Hesquiaht art, whaleboats, longhouses, hearths, medicine, and spirituality.

It is within the old growth forest’s abundant watershed of rivers, creeks and estuaries that salmon enter from the see and swim up river to their place of birth to spawn and then die, completing their life cycle.   

To the Hesquiaht, this cycle is sacred. 

A life giving force providing autumn feasts for Clayoquot wildlife, such as black bears who are excellent fishers and eagles who dive bomb for the eggs. 

The salmon provide food, winter stores and economic opportunities for Hesquiaht fisherman who share their catch with the village and sell the rest. 

Nitrogen-rich nutrients from fish decay feed the green and thriving medicinal coastal plant life.

In essence, it is the salmon and their life cycle that enable mammoth-sized trees a long life of natural growth.   

Science now tells us what the Hesquiaht have known for thousands of years. The forests of the Clayoquot Sound are special. 

They are protectors of the planet. 

Temperate rainforests are endangered yet vital to mitigating climate change. The extraordinary trees and abundance of plant life absorb massive amounts of carbon helping to keep greenhouse gases in check.